This Cumberland Pie is a proper, hearty meal whether you’re following Slimming World, Weight Watchers or calorie counting!
We adore a good Syn Free Lancashire Hotpot, and whilst browsing some old recipe books we saw something called Cumberland Pie. We liked the sound of it, so came up with our own version.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
There isn’t much better than beef that falls apart when you cut it with a fork. This is one of those dishes that will warm your insides on a cold winters day.
We often get asked what sort of dishes we make at home for dinner, THIS is one of those dishes! We might be chefs, but we’re certainly not the pretentious type.
What do I need to make this Cumberland Pie?
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This Cumberland Pie is ridiculously easy to make. If you’ve got an Instant Pot it’s even easier! What is an Instant pot? It’s a hybrid cooker, that cooks under pressure, as well as 7 other types of cooking. It means you can even cook a whole chicken in it in just 20 minutes.
We’ve got a whole heap of Instant Pot recipes for you to choose from – we love ours, and it’s out on our counter at least 3 times a week.
You can read all about the Instant Pot in our review!
You could use any sort of lean braising/stewing steak for this Cumberland Pie too!
Some of you love this Cumberland Pie recipe!
How many Syns are in this Cumberland Pie?
This Cumberland Pie is just half a Syn per portion, if you use half of one of your Healthy Extra A daily allowances.
Best of all, you can serve this Cumberland Pie with loads of tasty veg. Why not try something from our Slimming World Speed Food List?
You’ll probably want to serve this Cumberland Pie with some gravy too…and we’ve got that covered with our AMAZING Syn Free Gravy!
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Cumberland Pie?
Our Cumberland Pie recipe has 12 Smart Points per portion – this is a proper hearty meal, and there’s no need to add any other points for any carbohydrate accompaniment as it has its delicious cheesy potato topping!
If you wanted to, you could halve the portion and serve with extra vegetables to fill you up, and reduce the Points!
How many Calories are in this Cumberland Pie recipe?
This Cumberland Pie has less than 600 calories per portion! You’ll find your appetite fully satisfied with this comforting meal, and you can always serve it with some low calories green veg!
Why not try our Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon recipe?
How do I make this Cumberland Pie?
Make up the stock using 1 Beef Stock Cube and 450ml of boiling water, then season the meat well, with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Set the Instant Pot to sauté and spray with a little Frylight. Brown the meat a little at a time and set aside
Add a little of the stock to the Instant Pot and stir to deglaze. When there are not bits left on the bottom of the pan add the chopped veg and a few sprigs of thyme. Allow to cook until the veg starts to soften
Stir in the tomato puree and Worcestershire sauce, then add the rest of the stock, meat and bay leaves
Put the lid on the Instant Pot and set to pressure cook on Manual for 15 minutes, Natural Pressure Release (NPR)
While the meat is cooking, peel the potatoes and cook them until they are almost cooked, but still quite firm. You can do this in the microwave (for about 8-10 minutes) or in a pan of boiling water
Allow the potatoes to cool slightly and cut them into slices about 1cm thick
When the Instant Pot has finished, leave it for about 15-17 minutes to release the pressure naturally. After 15-17 minute (until the float drops) open the lid, then set back to sauté. Stir in the stock pots
Mix the cornflour with a little water, then pour it into the pot, stirring well (but be careful not to break up the meat too much!)
Pour the mixture into a decent sized casserole or lasagne dish. Top with the sliced potato and spray with some Frylight
Cook for 20 minutes at 200°C, then top with the grated cheese and cook for another 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and browned
Alternative cooking methods are available below!
Like this Cumberland Pie? Why not try some more of our comfort food recipes?
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We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available for NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing.
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